Military campaigns in Iraq and Syria led to the killing of 45 thousand Isis militants since the beginning of the operations two years ago, according to the American General Sean Mac Farland who heads the campaign of the coalition. Twenty-five thousand jihadists were killed over the last 11 months. “We believe, – the General spelled out – we have killed about 25,000 enemy combatants.” Not to mention “the approximately 20,000 combatants killed in the past.” The forces of the Caliphate have been reduced to “15-30 thousand” fighters in the two areas of conflict and it is experiencing great difficulties in recruiting more people, reiterated the Pentagon.
“The Islamic State might reach a point when it will run after people on the streets of the cities under its control to give them a Kalashnikov and tell them to defend a checkpoint – said MacFarland -. But now it is clear that it does not oppose the same resistance as in the past.” According to the general, thanks to the military pressure of the local forces supported by the American raid, the Russian offensive and the forces loyal to Damascus, the Islamic state is forced to “send its administrative staff to fight on the frontline”.
According to the last update of the operation Odyssey Lightning, published by the US military command for Africa (Africom), the United States has conducted 28 air strikes in Sirte, the stronghold of Isis in Libya, in the last eight days: an average of over 3 bombing a day, from 1 to 8 August. Last Monday, eight US raids destroyed “a dozen enemy positions and a truck”. Whereas on Saturday 6 August, four bombings destroyed “five enemy positions and a heavy machine gun,” reports Africom.